Hambantota is the main town in southern Sri Lanka’s Hambantota district. During its ancient past as the rich and fertile Kingdom of Ruhuna, its natural harbour was an important trading port for travellers from the East arriving in their sampan vessels.
Hambantota was originally called Sampantota for this reason.
Following the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, which destroyed much of the town, Hambantota is undergoing development as one of Sri Lanka’s five up-and-coming environmentally-friendly ‘metro cities’.
Its impressive natural, historical, cultural and economic resources are being developed and promoted to improve everyday life in the city, protect its lush environment and attract visitors and businesses to this upcoming corner of Sri Lanka.
29 km from Hambantota is Madunagala Hot Springs where you can bathe in tanks of bubbling warm water coming up from deep below ground. There’s also a tourist village at Madunagala with an organic farm, an aquarium, a bird sanctuary, a folk art museum and herb and spice gardens.
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